The wind energy industry installed over 2,800 MW of new generating capacity in the first quarter of the year, with new projects completed in 15 states and powering the equivalent of 816,000 homes, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced in its first-quarter market report.
‘But the nation still lacks the long-term signal that is needed to build up renewable energy on large scale,’ says AWEA CEO Denise Bode. ‘The time is now for a national renewable electricity standard – a policy that over 80% of Americans favor and for which they voted. President Obama's campaign position of generating 25% of our electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025 will help revitalize our economy and protect consumers when they need it the most – when the price of the fuels used for electricity generation goes up.’
The total wind power generating capacity in operation in the U.S. is now 28,206 MW.
In state news, Kansas and New York now have over 1,000 MW of wind power generating capacity.
In Texas, the portion of the large Roscoe project was completed, bringing the project up to 584.5 MW. The next 197 MW section of the project is slated to be completed soon, which will take it to the top of the list of the nation's largest operating wind power projects.
Indiana keeps its title as fastest-growing state with the 400.3 MW project that was brought online.
States tallying the most rapid growth in wind capacity in the first quarter include:
– Indiana, 75%;
– Maine, 55%;
– Nebraska, 53%;
– Idaho, 49%; and
– New York, 34%.
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